The importance of using effective pro-life apologetics is nearly universally acknowledged within the pro-life movement. Being equipped to respond to pro-choice arguments enables us to be influential advocates on behalf of the pre-born. However, we at the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform don’t rely on pro-life apologetics alone. Our two-pronged approach as part of the educational arm of the pro-life movement includes the use of abortion victim photography (AVP).

The use of AVP can be controversial, not only outside of the pro-life movement but within it as well. In our strategy presentations we explain that every successful social reform movement of the past did three things: exposed injustice, confronted the culture, and accepted persecution. As Greg Cunningham eloquently stated: “Injustice that is invisible inevitably becomes tolerable, but injustice that is made visible inevitably becomes intolerable.” Our goal is to make the injustice of abortion intolerable, and so it must be exposed.

However, that doesn’t mean that the questions asked about the use of AVP aren’t important. In fact, Jonathon Van Maren just released a new book—Seeing is Believing—on behalf of CCBR, going into depth on why it is so important that we use this approach, which you can purchase here

Aside from the book, our next blog series hopes to address some of the questions we get asked most frequently, such as: What if children see the images?, Don’t these images disrespect the dead?, and Don’t the pictures just make people angry? As we answer these questions, feel free to contact us with more questions and we’ll be happy to answer them, either personally or on the blog. The goal of the pro-life movement must be to save as many lives as we possibly can. If we work together, we can be more effective, and working together starts with listening to each other.


1. What if children see the images?

2. Don’t the images just make people angry?

3. What about women who have experienced miscarriage?

4. Aren’t the images desensitizing?

5. Do the images disrespect the dead?

6. Is showing these images an act of violence?

7. How is this a loving approach?

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